In loving memory of
Rev. James A. Martin 1948-2008

Pastor Jim, whose faith, vision, lyrics,
melodies, voice, and spirit permeate all aspects
of Everlasting Arms.

We are thankful
that the Lord placed us in each others' paths.
Pastor Jim's most recent recording session Feb 23, 2008
Friend, Husband, Father, Pastor, Mentor, Counselor, Inspiration, Musical Partner and Collaborator, Poet, Lyricist, Melody Maker, Lead Voice, Vision Caster, Example for us and our families on how to live for Christ, and Driving Spiritual Force behind Everlasting Arms.

Matthew 18:20
Micah 6:8
Matthew 25:40
Matthew 28:19-20

Rest in peace, Jim.
We love you.

A beautiful and moving memorial service was held on Saturday January 10, 2009 at Redeemer's Church in Littlestown, Pennsylvania where Pastor Jim last served. Many testimonies of the positive effect Jim's life had on the church and in the community at large were given. Some of Pastor Jim's poetry was shared, as was his music.

His recorded voice was heard singing "On Broken Wings" and "Lo, I Am With You, Always". Edward also shared "In Memoriam" live at Meredith's request.

Jim's desire was for the music to live on.
We intend to honor that commitment
to the best of our abilities.

Snow Geese

From Jim's obituary in the
Staten Island Advance newspaper:

Friday, December 26, 2008
Staten Island Advance

STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE – The Rev. James A. Martin, 60, formerly of Westerleigh, a past president of the Council of Churches on Staten Island and former pastor of Immanuel Union United Church of Christ in Westerleigh, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Littlestown, Pa.

Born in the Bronx, the reverend commonly known as "Pastor Jim" graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin, then received a master's degree from Beloit before entering the U.S. Navy and serving four years at the War College in Newport, R.I., from 1971 to 1975. Following his stint in the Navy, Rev. Martin returned to school, this time at the Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine, where he received his master's of divinity degree in 1978.

Rev. Martin served for 30 years in the ministry. His pastorates included Easton, Pa., Beacon Falls, Conn., and at Immanuel Union, which he headed from 1987 until 1995. During that time, Rev. Martin resided on Ruth Street in Westerleigh with his wife, the former Meredith Reed, and their two sons.

Rev. Martin received numerous certificates above the master's level. He also led many groups and associations within the United Church of Christ organization, including terms as president of the Council of Churches on Staten Island, the Littlestown (Pa.) Ministerium, and the Gettysburg Association of United Church of Christ in Gettysburg, Pa. He spent his last years as pastor of Redeemer's United Church of Christ in Littlestown.

During his leisure time, Pastor Jim penned Christian songs, some of which were recorded and produced on a CD. He also wrote poetry, and enjoyed photography.

Along with his wife of 33 years, Meredith, surviving are his sons, Roderick and Chad Martin, sisters Kitty Hernandez and Dora Ramos, and a brother, Lee Martin.

Snow Geese

Click on the picture below for a wonderful
newspaper article published in the
Hanover Evening Sun.

Click here for a wonderful article published in the Hanover Evening Sun

If you wish to send a letter or card to the family:
Meredith Martin
16 Park Ave.
Littlestown, PA 17340

Love to all,